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Meet the Musicians: Harold Pannell and Friends present an Evening of Jazz on February 21 @ 7pm

2015 February 19
by Michael

Join singer Harold Pannell with guests Spencer Allen on trumpet and Andrew King on saxaphone as these musicians and educators perform and converse on their art while opening our 2015 series of  “Meet the Musicians” at the South Wedge Mission at 125 Caroline Street on Saturday February 21 at 7:00 pm

Vocalist Harold Panell

Singer Harold Pannell

Born in Elmira, NY in 1961, Harold was raised in a musical family.  His parents often sang in their church choir and all 5 children played instruments, including Harold on guitar.  He began playing in bands in the 70s.  The last group Harold played guitar for fired him stating, “It was easy to find a decent guitar player, but hard to find a good singer.”  And his singing career was launched.

From his beginnings at church and elementary school, Harold has participated in 5 piece rock bands, 6 piece R&B bands and  Blues bands, jazz and contemporary piano duos, jazz standard quartets, an 11 piece wedding band, and the musical: Smokey Joe’s Café.

Harold has had the good fortune to share the stage with Randy Brecker, Wycliff Gordon, Marcus Printup, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. He has been influenced by artists such as Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Freddie Cole, Lou Rawls, Will Downing, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Phil Perry, and Al Jarreu.

In addition to a variety of small venues and night clubs, he has performed at Jazz Greats at Glenora Winery, Corning’s Crystal City/ Gaffer District Jazz festival, and local Rochester events including: the Lilac Festival, Park Ave Festival, Corn Hill Festival, Rochester Jazz Fest, Rochester Music Fest, Clarissa St Reunion, and a Wounded Warrior fundraiser.

You’re in for treat with Harold’s smooth, powerful voice, vocal range, choice of musical selections, and engaging dialogue with the audience.  He truly enjoys life and he’ll tell you, “As long as I’m above the ground, I’m enjoying it!”

This series consists of four very special evenings with music, great acoustics and conversations with the musicians themselves.   The program includes two concerts with Jazz and two with Classical Music:

All four concerts are at the South Wedge Mission at 125 Caroline Street and are scheduled for Saturday evening at 7:00 pm.  Each event is an opportunity to a enjoy a performance and also, in the words of series Classical programmer, David Brickman: “a chat about music in a comfortable, informal and intimate environment”.
“Meet the Musicians” concerts are free with donations appreciated but entirely optional.  Each evening’s  social time will include refreshments at intermission.Major funding is provided by the supporting members of the Highland Park Neighborhood Association  and also via the Neighborhood Spirit Award for 2014 that was part of the Rochester Regional Health System’s Flower City Challenge.     Other funds and assistance are contributed by the South Wedge Mission. 
For more information contact Michael Tomb: arts@highlandparkrochester.org.

Artists Performing at Meet the Musicians 2015

Artists performing in the 2015 series include: Harold Pannell & Friends, Patricia Sunwoo & David Brickman, The Charlie Mitchell Group, and the Amenda Quartet

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